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Re: Can I put a newline in an alias?
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- From: "Bart Schaefer" <schaefer@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- To: Russell Hoover <rusty@xxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: Can I put a newline in an alias?
- Date: Tue, 22 Jul 1997 15:39:43 -0700
- Cc: Zsh-users <zsh-users@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- In-reply-to: <19970722164216.39892@xxxxxxxxx>
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On Jul 22, 4:42pm, Russell Hoover wrote:
> Subject: Re: Can I put a newline in an alias?
> > There isn't any special syntax for that. You just have to put the control
> > characters in as themselves.
> I'm not sure I understand. I know it would be very useful to be
> able to put into aliases things like:
> 1) a return at the end of the alias (so that I can type, say, a one-letter
> alias and have the command, or series of commands, executed without having
> to hit <return> after I type the alias.
This wouldn't work anyway.
Aliases aren't interpreted until command execution, which doesn't happen
until you hit return. What you want is "bindkey -s".
> 2) a control sequence, like, say, <control-L> I don't know what you would
> put in an alias to make a control sequence. What would be an example? What
> would one look like?
What it looks like would depend on what editor you were using. If it's
the zsh line editor, it "looks" like ^L, but you type <ctrl-V><ctrl-L>
to insert one. You can't type the two characters `^' and `L' and have
them be interpreted as <ctrl-L>. The <ctrl-V> means "intepret the next
thing I type as simple input, even if it would otherwise be an editor
command." That's what I mean by "put the characters in as themselves."
Characters entered in this way normally should be part of a quoted string.
> 3) what would be the representation of any control character -- <return> ,
> <tab>, <control-whatever>, <esc> -- how is any of these put into an alias?
> Maybe if one wants to use such things that means it's time to start using
> small scripts.
> i guess I'm looking for a sort of QuicKeys for zsh . . .
You definitely want "bindkey -s".
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